Scudamore hits back at critics

Richard Scudamore has rejected suggestions that England are performing poorly because there are too many foreigners playing in the Premier League.

Last Updated: 03/07/13 at 09:42 Post Comment

Richard Scudamore: Does not believe there are too many foreigners in the Premier

Richard Scudamore: Does not believe there are too many foreigners in the Premier

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The country's Under 20 and Under 21 sides crashed out of international tournaments early this summer, while Roy Hodgson's senior team are facing a fight to qualify for the World Cup.

Hodgson has previously admitted that he would like more Englishmen to be playing in the Premier League, saying in April: "We have one of the lowest number of homegrown players to choose from in all the leagues, which, if you are national team manager, is not a great advantage."

However, Scudamore has rejected the criticism and insisted the high level of competition in the Premier League should be making the players available to Hodgson stronger.

Asked if there were too many foreigners in the competition, Scudamore said: "That's nonsense, absolute nonsense. There were 210 players qualified to play for England playing in the Premier League last year, and - by the way - they're all playing in the Premier League.

"And we ought to be able to find 11 to take the field to do well. Those players are playing week in, week out against the world's best talent. There are other factors at play, which are not our responsibility."

Hodgson had been keen for the Premier League not to schedule any high-profile matches before England's World Cup qualifiers in September and October but Scudamore maintains that the congested calendar did not make such a request possible, and hit out at FIFA and UEFA.

"We started with 22 (teams), we're now down to 20, and that's been the same for 19 years," he said.

"It's our international confederations that have squeezed the calendar, not us. So we really get quite bristly at the idea that, with the fixture calendar, it's somehow us being the awkward ones."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew - It's mass hysteria

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Euro 2020: Wembley to host final and semi-finals

Wembley has been selected to stage the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020, while Dublin will stage four games.

Premier League: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backs Mesut Ozil

Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil must not be used as a 'scapegoat' for Arsenal's shortcomings.

Premier League: Manchester City's Fernandinho wants win over Chelsea

Fernandinho wants Manchester City to close the gap on Chelsea with victory over the Premier League leaders on Sunday.

Mail Box

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property